(I still have this head, I’ve used it on most of our albums)."He continues, "When Lzzy and I moved to town the first show in our first week here was at the Exit/In. Follow the link in my bio and let’s SAVE THE EXIT/IN damnit." That link in bio leads to the GoFundMe account for the Exit / In.The Exit/In venue has stood at 2208 Elliston Place as part of Nashville's "Rock Block" since 1971 and is an independent and family owned and operated music venue. It's played host to some of the biggest names not only in rock but of all genres of music, with a "Wall of Fame" of photos inside the building and a can't miss mural on the outside of the venue.ExitIn.comSharing their desire to preserve the past and provide a home for live music in the future, the Exit/In is taking contributions with the hope of keeping the venue operating for years to come. I didn’t have the money to get it, so our sound guy, Rob Tauscher, bought it and I payed him back over the next few months. Probably."Hottinger continues, "I’m sharing some memories because instead of turning this legendary venue into another hotel, let’s try and keep it around a bit longer. I think…. but I can’t remember, I think we ended up at Gold Rush that night. It was a co-headline bill with Cavo and Veer Union. Venues You'll Want to Travel to When Concerts Return
Source: Halestorm Rally Fans to Help Save Nashville’s Exit/In
Filed Under: HalestormCategories: News That's why Halestorm's Joe Hottinger and Lzzy Hale have spoken out to try to help save longtime Nashville music staple the Exit/In as it currently faces a challenge to continue during its 50th anniversary year.According to a GoFundMe account launched for the venue, the Exit/In property has gone under contract to a firm that is purchasing independent venues and the club owners have asked the firm to sell them the property so they can continue to operate.Halestorm's Joe Hottinger has shared some of his experiences with the Exit/In and why it's so special to him in an Instagram post that was also shared by vocalist Lzzy Hale.His comments read, "The first time we ever played a show in Nashville was June 2009 and it was at the Exit-In. She got up onstage and sang with our friends in Adrenaline Mob. As stated on the GoFundMe page, should their bid to have the owners sell them the property fail, all funds donated will be shifted to NIVA and MVAN, organizations that are currently helping to assist independent music venues across the country and in Nashville.At press time, just over $151,000 of the $200,000 goal had been met. Contributions can be made here.11 U.S. Chad ChildersPublished: April 7, 2021Frazer Harrison, Getty Images / ExitIn.comShare on FacebookShare on TwitterWhile music strikes a chord with us all, the venues that host live music also give us plenty of special memories that last a lifetime. I remember walking across the street to Rock Block guitars and geeking out over this Marshall 2061X head that was for sale on consignment from the great Audley Freed.

Philip TrappPublished: April 7, 2021iStock / Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterIf all goes according to plan, live music will return in earnest to California this summer.In June, the state aims to join others in fully reopening their economies after a year spent weathering the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, such as the lack of in-person concerts.California was the first state to implement lockdown restrictions in 2020 because of COVID-19, as CNN reported, but, come June 15, the entire state will stop using the four-tiered "Blueprint for a Safer Economy" it’s followed since August. According to CNN, there are currently no rules in place to enact a "vaccine passport plan," but individual businesses could set their own admittance terms.15 Things Musicians Did to Help Us Survive 2020 Without Concerts
Source: California Music Venues Plan to Fully Reopen By the Start of Summer
Filed Under: CoronavirusCategories: News But will residents need to have proof of vaccination to attend a concert or enter a business? "The only thing that we have done is suppress the spread because of the number of vaccines that have been administered and because of mask-wearing."He added, "We will need to remain vigilant, and continue the practices that got us here — wearing masks and getting vaccinated — but the light at the end of this tunnel has never been brighter."California’s plan has indoor performances slated to return at an unspecified "limited capacity" on April 15. To date, California has given 7 million more doses than any other state. But, should all restrictions drop on June 15, that means that bars, concert halls, community centers, movie theaters and other entertainment venues can let in the maximum amount of patrons allowable.The state’s comeback owes a lot to vaccination rates. That means, much like Texas and Mississippi (and Alabama and West Virginia after them), music venues can reopen at 100-percent capacity once the restrictions are no longer in place.However, the California reopening will come with caveats, as Rolling Stone noted on Wednesday (April 7) when California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the reopening. Certain conditions must be met for the state's concert venues to fully open back up, including obeying the current mask mandate, which Newson said will stay in place, especially for indoor venues."This disease is as deadly as it's ever been," Newsom said in a statement.

and the Thin Lizzy cover depicts their 1980 artwork for the Chinatown album.The back cover of each bears a description that reads, "Coloring has significant health benefits including mindfulness, relaxation, and increased focus and can provide many hours of creative enjoyment."Each book features 25 pages of artwork, guaranteeing hours of increasingly vivid enterainment.For pre-orders and more information, head here.Photos: Megadeth Coloring Bookeyesoremerch.comeyesoremerch.comeyesoremerch.comeyesoremerch.comPhotos: Thin Lizzy Coloring BookEyesoremerch.comEyesoremerch.comEyesoremerch.comEyesoremerch.com57 Rock + Metal Bands Who Changed Their Name Before Getting Famous
Source: Megadeth + Thin Lizzy Coloring Books Are Coming Soon
Filed Under: MegadethCategories: News Joe DiVitaPublished: April 7, 2021Capitol / Eyesoremerch.comShare on FacebookShare on TwitterA new Megadeth coloring book is set to arrive on April 26 through Rock 'N' Roll Coloring, in addition to one featuring artwork from rock legends Thin Lizzy.These latest coloring book editions come as an expansion on the company's line of rock and metal themed coloring books after releasing ones for Judas Priest and Motorhead last fall, which affords fans the ability to custom color iconic pieces of band-related artwork and other imagery.A description on the products' website states that each book is "printed on high quality paper, in a square format, fully endorsed and officially licensed.View a sampling of the new sets available later this month directly below. But Who's Buying? The cover of the Megadeth coloring book is adorned with the artwork for 1987's Peace Sells…

“I wrote it from two perspectives to be able to fully plumb the depth of darkness from each. Graham HartmannPublished: April 7, 2021Credit: Patrick LawlerShare on FacebookShare on TwitterTermina and Loudwire are teaming up to premiere the heavy and chaotic new track “Fade Away.” From the collaborative brain tissue of YouTubers Andy Cizek (Monuments) and Nik Nocturnal, “Fade Away” is the newest single from the band’s new album Dysphoria.In the vein of Every Time I Die, Dance Gavin Dance and Periphery, “Fade Away” straddles the line between brutally heavy and gloriously melodic. We can go from from brutally destructive breakdowns to ethereal soundscapes, with everything from driving riffs and soaring solos in between. On the other hand, you’ve got a controlling and sadistic entity who torments and thrives on taking away their counterpart’s self worth through mind games and manipulation.”Nik Nocturnal adds, “Despite its depressing name, Dysphoria is a triumphant moment in both mine and Andy’s lives. It’s the cohesive package we’ve been building Termina toward since forming over the internet back in 2018.”Termina “Fade Away” LyricsI feel the eyes of deathThey gaze upon me every nightThe bed where I once sleptBecomes the cell I’m trapped insideI see what others can’tBeyond illusion, horrors thriveNever a helping handThrough the contusions, I surviveI hear your screams through the wallsEchoes of your misery ring out in the hallsI’ll keep you shackled in painPleading for your freedom, but you’ll never escapeFade awayThere’s no one left beside you to withstand (the fire)I find no solace in the claims you make to circumventAn empty promise that you’d never be this way againSpeak my nameThrough emptiness, I am your only friend (a liar)Fulfill a prophecy created under false pretenseWebs of dishonesty spun only for your benefitAnd if you thought you were safe, you were mistakenThis is a prison of your own creationI cry out into the voidA silent confession, but no one believes meTied to a life I’ve destroyedThese violent transgressions left no one to grieve meI hear your screams through the wallsEchoes of your misery ring out in the hallsI’ll keep you shackled in painPleading for your freedom, but you’ll never escapeFade awayThere’s no one left beside you to withstand (the fire)I find no solace in the claims you make to circumventAn empty promise that you’d never be this way againSpeak my nameThrough emptiness, I am your only friend (a liar)Fulfill a prophecy created under false pretenseWebs of dishonesty spun only for your benefitI feel the eyes of deathTaking holdWith all the secrets that I have keptTaking holdManifestation of my regretsListen to "Fade Away" in the YouTube player below. Termina’s Dysphoria album will drop April 9, so be sure to pre-order the new record here.TERMINA – Fade Away (Official Audio)The 66 Best Metal Songs of the 21st Century
Source: Andy Cizek + Nik Nocturnal (Termina) Release Heavy New Track ‘Fade Away’
Filed Under: Nik Nocturnal, TerminaCategories: Exclusive, News The production is top notch as well, thanks to the board mastery of Nik and Cizek.“‘Fade Away’ is an exaggerated metaphor for the toxic power struggle in an unhealthy relationship,” Cizek explains. On one hand, you have an emotional hostage: trapped yet unable to cry out for help because every move is watched, leading to crippling isolation and loneliness. Modern metal as a subgenre is hardly metal and hardly modern. We wanted to take modern metal as a descriptor of more recent innovations — metalcore, deathcore, post-hardcore and djent — and blend them.

Of course Lordi isn't releasing 4 albums simultaneously this year. Fans of the band will remember that their Killection album was billed as a hits collection written as if Lordi had existed between the early '70s and mid-'90s, and these upcoming records will now be viewed as that band's back catalog.The group initially teased that they were issuing four albums later this year, but posted the news on April Fool's Day. Lordi revealed how the idea all came together. "Within a week when the Killectour was cut short in March 2020, I realized we're gonna have to use the sudden extra time somehow. The reality is that Lordi is releasing SEVEN (7!) new studio albums later this year. at least for the most part. It was clear that it is the time to start planning the new album, even though Killection was released not even two months before. But not insane enough for Lordi. Not kidding."Elaborating on their plan, Mr. That would be insane. I was thinking that the most boring thing we could do after Killection is to do another basic Lordi album. A day later they corrected that info telling fans, "April's fools! Since Killection is a fictional compilation album from a fictional back catalogue that doesn't exist, I got the idea that the only thing that could top that is to record and release that fictional back catalogue."He adds, "Until Halloween 2021 the fictional back catalogue will be no longer fictional, it actually will exist… Five of the seven albums are already done, by the way, and number six is well on the way."So Lordi fans, get ready for a wealth of new music with seven new albums on schedule for a Halloween release.2021's Most Anticipated Rock + Metal Albums
Source: Lordi Planning to Release Seven Studio Albums This Fall
Filed Under: LordiCategories: News But seven is a number they felt that is somewhat sane, hahahaha!"Speaking on what fans can expect, he continued, “The albums will sound all different from each other, they're all in different styles and fictional eras in the Killection timeline. And I was very much enjoying the different styles of songwriting, recording and production on Killection, but another boring idea would have been to do a part 2. My original idea was to release 10 albums, but the label said that is insane. No shit. Chad ChildersPublished: April 7, 2021AFM RecordsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterLet it never be said that Lordi doesn't know how to commit to a bit, as the band will roll out seven new studio albums this fall with a hook.

"A goal we had for this EP was to pay tribute to ZI while honing in on the characteristics that we enjoy about heavy music today and the directions we want to see it heading."They continue, "We just had our first song go to radio with 'Chemical,' and now in the same year, we will be releasing the heaviest music of our career with ZII. We've found our footing with these six members. Now, there are five songs of hopelessness against the hoard.”And while the new EP is set for May 21, that won't actually be the first time most fans hear the music as the group has planned a livestream event playing the full ZII EP in its entirety on May 15. This isn't just a new chapter for the Zombie EP; this is a new chapter for us as a band, and an opportunity to lean into both sounds in ways that feel better than ever. Chad ChildersPublished: April 7, 2021Solid State RecordsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterThe Devil Wears Prada will take fans into the next chapter of their zombie story with the newly announced ZII EP set to arrive on May 21 via Solid State Records.The initial Zombie EP was released by the band back in 2010 and it remains a fan favorite, so the guys decided to return to that headspace and add on with five next tracks that will reveal the next chapter."There's no question that the Zombie EP is a fan favorite and a record that really set the pace for us as a heavier band," The Devil Wears Prada said in a statement. Now we're stepping on the gas and not letting up."The band finishes, "Before, there were five songs about how to fend off the apocalypse. You can purchase tickets for the event along with your pre-order of the new EP and pre-orders are being taken here.You can also check out a teaser trailer for the EP below the artwork and track listingThe Devil Wears Prada, ZII Artwork + Track ListingSolid State Records"Nightfall""Forlorn""Termination""Nora""Contagion"The Devil Wears Prada, ZII Teaser2021's Most Anticipated Rock + Metal Albums
Source: The Devil Wears Prada Expands ‘Zombie’ Story With ‘ZII’ EP
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"With Trump gone and Biden in, I think there was a sense of relief that we all sighed, not just in the U.S. Hopefully, Biden's administration opens the doors to some of those ideas that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and some other progressives were pushing for. So, personally, it's kind of middle of the road for me, but compared to the chaotic policies of whatever the Trump administration was … it's great."Tankian and his System of a Down bandmate John Dolmayan have opposing views, with the drummer a Trump supporter. but around the world. When asked if he was feeling hopeful after Trump's loss, Tankian resisted the word, instead suggesting that he, along with the rest of the globe, were just relieved that Trump was gone and that a more responsible person was now in office.Watch the video down toward the bottom of this post."I think the word is 'relief' more than 'hopeful," Tankian responded. president has way too much power in terms of foreign affairs, so it affects the rest of the world greatly."He added, "So I think the whole world felt a bit of a relief that Trump was gone and someone more of an adult was now in power."But that doesn't mean Tankian is necessarily pleased with the circumstances surrounding the new president. For someone as outspoken as the musician, it's no surprise he would like to see more."Does it go far enough for me as an activist in terms of my wishes for pushing the envelope on lifestyle changes having to do with climate change?" Tankian pondered. Because U.S. Philip TrappPublished: April 7, 2021Kevin Winter / Joe Raedle, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSystem of a Down's Serj Tankian doesn't hide his criticism of former President Donald Trump. But now that the 45th U.S. president is out of office, and President Joe Biden is in, how does Tankian feel?That's one of the questions NME posed when it spoke with the System of a Down singer in a video discussion that emerged this week (April 6). Last year, Tankian called the situation "frustrating" but clarified that he respects Dolmayan "irrespective of our extremely polarized political commentary and differences."The NME interview with Tankian arrived as the musician is coming off two new projects released outside of System of a Down — his Truth to Power documentary and a solo EP titled Elasticity.Serj Tankian Talks to NME In Conversation – April 6, 202120 Artists Who Told Politicians to Stop Using Their Music
Source: System of a Down’s Serj Tankian – The Whole World Felt Relief When Trump Lost
Filed Under: Serj Tankian, system of a downCategories: News policy affects the rest of the world more than any other country. … A U.S. "Does it go far enough in terms of my wishes of wealth distribution or free tuition and free health care in the U.S.?"Because the System of a Down rocker "would like to see all those things coming to fruition.

He then learned how to play the instrument all over again.After a year of practice, Drouin sought lessons from ambidextrous axeman Michael Angelo Batio, who famously plays a double neck guitar outfitted to be played simultaneously using the left and right hands on the fretboard, as seen below.Michael Angelo BatioTotal Guitar Magazine, Future / Getty Images"Since then, I’ve taken lessons with him, online or on YouTube. Since that day, I’ve practiced over four hours every day after day job time," said Drouin.Now, Drouin has just dropped The Beginning, a new EP that features bassist Oliver Pinead (Cattle Decapitation, Cryptopsy, Neuraxis) and drummer Samuel Santiago (ex-Gorod, ex-Black Crown Initiate, ex-Melechesh).Watch a guitar playthrough of the Obvurt song "Scars of War" below and Obvurt on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify.Obvurt's Philippe Drouin Relearns Guitar as a Lefty — "Scars of War" Playthrough30 Most Underrated Hard Rock + Metal Guitarists 
Source: Right-Handed Metal Guitarist Relearns Instrument as Lefty After Car Accident
Categories: News Joe DiVitaPublished: April 6, 2021YouTube: MetalSucksShare on FacebookShare on TwitterPhilippe Drouin, guitarist for Canadian technical death metal band Obvurt, spent three years relearning guitar as a left-handed player after a car accident rendered him unable to continue playing as a right-hand-dominant musician.For any musician, losing the ability to perform your instrument is life-changing. Oh, and he's the vocalist, too, another hurdle that was overcome in this story of triumph.In a statement provided to MetalSucks, Drouin said he found inspiration to embrace the challenge after speaking with jazz guitarist Pat Martino, who experienced a near-fatal seizure in 1980 that left him with absolutely no working memory or knowledge of how to play guitar. He knew how to drive me, and I listened to him, even if it was difficult. But, through an iron will and remarkable perseverance, he adapted by melting plastic to form makeshift thimbles, which he wrapped in leather to aid his grip on the strings.After a 2016 car accident left Drouin unable to use his picking hand (his right hand) to regain the skill level he reached as a guitar player after 15 years, he exercised a similar level of determination and taught himself to play as a lefty, instead using his left hand to pick and the right to maneuver around the fretboard.To simply play chords and simple melodies presents a difficult enough task, nevermind returning to the level of advanced musicianship required to play technical death metal. Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi nearly gave up playing guitar after accidentally severing the tips of the fingers on his right hand in a factory accident at the age of 17. He is the best!

Plus Lamb of God have continued down a successful path following the singer's sobriety, with their most recent album, 2020's self-titled release, hitting No. The driving force was, ‘I’m going to quit drinking, or I’m going to die.'”During the discussion, Blythe revealed that he doesn't have issue with those who do drink, but adds, "There was something wrong with drinking for myself, and drinking in the way I did.”Back in 2013, Blythe spoke of his approach to drinking, telling RVA News, "For me, as a creative person, drinking and opiate-based pain pills – I used those back in the day to some effect – they unlocked a certain part of my consciousness. I realized I had to try something different.”“I don’t know what it is within me," says the singer. Unfortunately, I’ve known people who didn’t embrace the choice to try something different… and they’re dead now.”According to Blythe, he spent four-and-a-half years contemplating getting sober before he finally was able to successfully start his journey.“One morning on tour in Australia I woke up and just felt horrible and empty,” he admits. On the outside, everything looked good, but I just felt like there was this horrific void. Justifying it."As stated, Lamb of God were on tour with Metallica when Blythe was finally able to embrace his quest for sobriety. But then that stopped working, and for years it was me drinking and eating pills, sitting in my shed listening to Black Sabbath and pretending to write lyrics. "A HUGE FACTOR in my willingness and ability to get sober while on fucking heavy metal tour was the fact that I had James and some of his crew who were also sober to talk to – I didn’t have to do it alone.""James and his crew babied me through my first month of sobriety out there on the road – it was a heavy trip. I couldn’t have done it without them."Blythe channeled some of his energies after sobriety into his photography work and he also started writing his memoir. In 2019, after James Hetfield had been readmitted to rehab to address his own sobriety issues, the singer spoke of Hetfield's role in helping him in his sober quest."He knew I had been trying to quit drinking, it wasn’t working for me anymore and it all came to an end in Australia," said Blythe. Chad ChildersPublished: April 6, 2021Ethan Miller, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterLamb of God's Randy Blythe has spoken about his sobriety in the past and he recently reflected on the destructive path he was on for a recent "Life Lessons" piece for Metal Hammer, revealing his drive for getting sober was based on a fear he was heading towards death.Blythe states, “It’s a well known fact that I was a fuckin’ alcoholic and I’ve not had a drink in well over 10 years now. "I’m certainly not saying I’m special, or made of stronger moral fibre than anyone else – that I made that conscious decision, but I did, and I feel pretty fucking lucky. 15 on the Billboard 200 charts and appearing on numerous critics lists for the best metal releases of the year.If you or someone you know if struggling with drug and/or alcohol dependence, help is available through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website. “I was in a good place; we were on tour with Metallica – it doesn’t get much better than that – I had money in the bank, and my personal life wasn’t too much in tatters. To speak to someone on the phone, dial 1-800-622-HELP (1-800-622-4357) or send a text message to 1-800-487-4889.70 Best Rock + Metal Albums of 2020
Source: Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Feared Death Was Coming If He Didn’t Get Sober
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Lauryn SchaffnerPublished: April 6, 2021REDA & CO, Getty Images / YouTube – hairlesscactusShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSnapdragons are officially the most metal flower to exist — when they die, they resemble human skulls. It's creepy. A user on the Slipknot Reddit reposted an image of them and dubbed it the "Chris Fehn plant," which is pretty accurate, because the ones in the photo look just like his mask with the long nose.Oddity Central claims that the flower is symbolic of both deception and graciousness due to its varying appearance throughout its life cycle.Check out a video of a dead Snapdragon plant below to see for yourself.Snapdragon Plant Skulls15 Rock + Metal Icons Who’ve Inspired the Name of a New Species 
Source: The Metal AF Snapdragon Flower Looks Like a Skull When It Dies
Categories: News According to the North Carolina Extension Gardener, they are native to Southwestern Europe and attract hummingbirds and butterflies.See an image of a blooming Snapdragon below.REDA&CO, Getty ImagesHowever, when they die, they look like shriveled little brown skulls all dangling from a stem. And also, as a Reddit user pointed out, former Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn.Formally known as Antirrhinum, the flower was given the name "Snapdragon" because they look like an open dragon mouth when they are squeezed on the sides.

Play it proud, play it #NXTLOUD!"The WWE's NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver will air at 8PM ET / 7PM CT on the USA Network both nights, while streaming on Peacock in the U.S. WWE's Paul Levesque (aka Triple H) told Billboard, "[Poppy is] custom built for us and we immediately reached out. and WWE Network elsewhere.66 Best Metal Songs of the 21st Century
Source: Poppy, Nita Strauss Set for ‘WWE NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver’
Filed Under: Nita Strauss, PoppyCategories: News Strauss' performance was revealed via a series of social media posts from the WWE, Strauss herself, wrestler Triple H and she also got a nod from Cooper, who offered, "I know what it takes to create a spectacle with WWE. I’m excited to have our very own Hurricane Nita open #NXTTakeOver Stand & Deliver Night 1 with our National Anthem. NXT, a two-hour weekly live show, caters to a younger demographic and we typically have up-and-coming talent that we've been able to expose them in a bigger way to the world outside of their genre. Chad ChildersPublished: April 6, 2021Rich Fury / John McCoy, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterThere will definitely be a hard rock presence when the next WWE NXT TakeOver takes place this week as both Poppy and Nita Strauss will play the wrestling event.The NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver will take place over two nights – Wednesday (April 7) and Thursday (April 8) – with Poppy's appearance now being confirmed by Billboard.Poppy first appeared on NXT in October of 2019 and has played NXT events over the past year as well. It’s a great platform for her and it’s great for us." Poppy's appearance will find the musician debuting a new song during the second night's broadcast (April 8) live on the USA Network.Meanwhile, Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss will also be on hand for the first night April 7) of NXT: Stand & Deliver, performing the National Anthem.

For millennia, storytellers of all kinds have articulated certain imagery, phrases and symbols with which the population at large has come to identify.For instance, we’re all familiar with good and evil, light and dark, angels and demons. But the overuse of clichés can annoy with a lack of creativity, even though it’s a stylistic crime that every music genre has employed. Below, see some of the most common lyrical clichés in rock and metal.12 Huge Cliches in Rock + Metal Lyrics 50 Best Metal Songwriters of All Time 
Source: 12 Lyrical Cliches in Rock + Metal
Filed Under: a day to remember, Bring Me the Horizon, Counterparts, evanescence, green day, Judas Priest, Machine Gun Kelly, Megadeth, new found glory, skillet, Slipknot, the ghost insideCategories: News Taylor MarkarianPublished: April 6, 2021iStock / Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterThe word “cliché” generally doesn’t have positive connotations, but the concept exists for a good reason: Some experiences are universal.

The Prince of Darkness will now join them, alongside actor and spoken word musician William Shatner, who will be inducted as a member of the postponed Class of 2020.Raw guest hosts Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne address the WWEAccording to longtime wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer, Ozzy was a part of the taped Hall of Fame ceremony which took place last week. Graham HartmannPublished: April 6, 2021Ilya S. Savenok/Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterAccording to multiple sources, Ozzy Osbourne will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2021. Alongside Captain Lou Albano, Ozzy stood in the corner of the British Bulldogs as they defeated Brutus Beefcake and Greg Valentine for the the Tag Team Championship.Ozzy Osbourne performed "I Don't Wanna Stop" live on an episode of Smackdown in 2007, while Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne also guest hosted an episode of Monday Night Raw in 2009, putting on a makeshift talent show to discover numerous WWE Superstars’ hidden entertainment chops.Ozzy Osbourne- "I Don't Wanna Stop"- Live On WWE Friday Night Smackdown – May 18, 2007 [HD]Congrats to Ozzy Osbourne! WrestleMania will air live April 10 + 11 on Peacock in the United States and on the WWE Network around the world.The Real Names of Over 50 Rock + Metal Icons
Source: Report: Ozzy Osbourne to Be Inducted Into WWE Hall of Fame
Filed Under: Ozzy Osbourne, wweCategories: News Various members of the wrestling press have reported on Ozzy’s inclusion, while a new T-shirt in WWE’s webstore includes Ozzy in a massive Hall of Fame graphic.The Celebrity Wing of the WWE Hall of Fame already features Kid Rock and Snoop Dogg for their contributions to the world of sports entertainment. The Black Sabbath legend did not appear in person, instead recording a video message to thank WWE for the honor.Though an official announcement has yet to be made by WWE, the 2020/2021 Hall of Fame shirt in their webstore looks to confirm Ozzy’s induction:WWE ShopWWE ShopWWE ShopOzzy Osbourne famously appeared at WrestleMania 2.

Not to mention, the instrument's also signed by Hammett in silver ink and includes a certificate of authenticity.See some photos of the Kirk Hammett guitar down toward the bottom of this post."In early 1989, Metallica's 'One' video was the first video the metal band ever made," Heritage Auctions says in its description of the axe. Just last month, a thrash metal-loving YouTuber made a Metallica-Megadeth mashup that inventively combines the audio from "One" with that of Megadeth's classic "Countdown to Extinction."Now, one lucky bidder may end up thrashing on the Metallica "One" guitar itself.Check it out at entertainment.ha.com.Kirk Hammett's Metallica "One" Music Video GuitarHA.comHA.comHA.comMetallica, "One"16 Most Expensive Guitars of All Time
Source: Kirk Hammett’s Guitar From Metallica’s ‘One’ Music Video Is Up for Auction
Filed Under: kirk hammett, MetallicaCategories: News But it wasn't just a Headbanger's Ball staple — it was on MTV during the daytime in between videos from U2, Debbie Gibson and Bon Jovi."What a throwback. It has a 1-11/16th width nut on a rosewood slab neck, weighs nearly 8 pounds, and it comes in its original hardshell case. Further specs reveal it comes complete with three single-coil pickups, black hardware and a Floyd Rose tremolo system. Philip TrappPublished: April 6, 2021YouTube: MetallicaShare on FacebookShare on TwitterThe guitar Kirk Hammett plays in Metallica's music video for the unforgettable …And Justice for All single "One" is now up for auction via Dallas collectibles dealer Heritage Auctions.Bidding is open for the next five days, and, as of this posting, the instrument holds a current bid of $26,000 — not including a buyer's premium to be added as a percentage of the final bid.As Metallica-loving musicians might know, the guitar in question is a natural wood finish Strat-style ESP model from the Japanese instrument maker's 400 Series. "Having released three albums with no promotional videos … a five-minute video edit of their fourth album's third single was a major deal back then."The listing continues, "Shot in black and white and splicing footage and audio from the 1971 film Johnny Got His Gun, the 'One' video was a staple on MTV. Even over 30 years later, "One" still holds a special place in many Metallica fans' hearts.

His drum fills are so precise and powerful… Joe DiVitaPublished: April 6, 2021YouTube: Charlie BenanteShare on FacebookShare on TwitterAnthrax drummer Charlie Benante recruited an all-star lineup to record a quarantine cover of Rush's "Freewill" last year and now he's back with "Subdivisons," which he promised is all part of a tribute EP that will be released for Record Store Day in November. like little hooks throughout the song, an air drummer’s dream! "This song will be included on that. 'Subdivisions' is probably in every Rush fan’s top 10 songs, definitely one of their best. I contacted Alex Skolnick and Ra Diaz about doing a Rush song and video and they both liked the idea," Benante reflected on how this idea began. "I felt that they were probably feeling the same way I was and that this would be a great way of jamming and entertaining while we were stuck home."The Anthrax skinsman went on to call that initial response "overwhelming" and noted that it brought joy to the participants amid a difficult time.Benante kept moving forward with other various quarantine covers, which have been rounded up for release on May 14 as the Silver Linings album."The Rush songs will be out on a special EP on Record Store Day in November," he clarified. The keyboards dominate this tune and Neil's sound on it is so unique! I needed to be creative and play! I was feeling pretty down about the passing of Neil Peart and about the pandemic… The lyrics tell a tale of life in the burbs and being shunned when you don't meet a certain standard — 'Subdivisions / In the high school halls / In the shopping malls / Conform or be cast out!'"While thanking all of the musicians who joined in, Benante also joked that this "may be one of the last ones for a bit… Joining him on the cover is Testament's Alex Skolnick, Suicidal Tendencies' Ra Diaz, Crobot singer Brandon Yeagley and keyboardist Mee Eun Kim.The song is taken off Rush's 1982 album, Signals, where drummer Neil Peart wrote about social schisms among the youth and, in the video below, the five musicians do an excellent job honoring the Canadian prog trio's legacy."One year ago I had this idea to make a video while in quarantine. unless Alex wants to do that Emerson Lake and Palmer tune (hahahahaha)."Let's hope we eventually see that too.Watch Benante, Alex Skolnick, Ra Diaz, Brandon Yeagley and Mee Eun Kim play "Subdivsions" directly below.Rush, "Subdivisions" (Quarantine Cover)Top 25 Progressive Metal Albums of All Time 
Source: Anthrax, Testament, Suicidal Tendencies + Crobot Members Cover Rush’s ‘Subdivisions’ as Part of Tribute EP
Filed Under: Alex Skolnick, Anthrax, Brandon Yeagley, charlie benante, Crobot, Ra Diaz, Rush, Suicidal Tendencies, TestamentCategories: News

While Schaffer's bandmates issued conflicting statements immediately after the riot, vocalist Stu Block and bassist Luke Appleton ultimately decided to leave the group in February.60 Infamous Rock Star Mugshots
Source: Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Enters Plea Deal Negotiations After Capitol Riot Arrest
Filed Under: Iced Earth, Jon SchafferCategories: News Rioters forcibly breached security in failed attempt to prevent the Electoral College certification of Joe Biden's 2020 election victory. Schaffer has been doing "debrief" interviews with the government — they're an indication that more in-depth discussions about a plea for the Iced Earth member may soon follow."We have our first plea agreement negotiation in the US Capitol Insurrection," investigative reporter Scott MacFarlane shared on Twitter on Monday (April 5) alongside an image of the new court filing. Schaffer faces six federal charges.But it's yet to be seen how those charges will shake out now that the musician has started talking with authorities. Capitol Building.Even more, the plea talks are the first and farthest along of any Capitol Riot defendant. Schaffer's wearing an "Oath Keepers Lifetime Member" hat in the images of him taken at the Capitol. His likeness at the Capitol was captured both in photographs used by authorities and purportedly in an amateur video. More than 300 of the insurrectionists have since been charged with crimes.But only Schaffer has gotten to this stage in a plea bargain agreement. Still, the fact that the public even knows Schaffer's cooperating with the government is only due to a recent court filing being accidentally made public, BuzzFeed News reported.Indeed, the public brief had seemingly "been made in error," but BuzzFeed got a look at it. 6 mob, distanced themselves from the musician, as MetalSucks noted. The hearing was prompted by the musician's motion for pre-trial release after a judge earlier ruled the rocker be held without bond.Iced Earth, the heavy metal act Schaffer founded in 1985, won't be the same following his legal battles. Attorney Ahmed Baset said prosecutors worried that disclosing Schaffer's cooperation would "reveal the existence, scope and direction of the ongoing and confidential investigation." The filing was quickly removed from the public docket.The Iced Earth guitarist was arrested on Jan. Congress. "Oath Keeper Jon Schaffer [is] accused of attacking police. … Feds says Schaffer is an 'anarchist' who views government as 'criminal enterprise.'"Oath Keepers is a far-right militia organization comprised mainly of former military and law enforcement that, following the violent Jan. Philip TrappPublished: April 6, 2021Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterIced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer has entered "advanced plea negotiations" with federal prosecutors following his arrest for his apparent involvement in January's storming of the U.S. In it, Assistant U.S. On Jan. 6, supporters of former President Trump attacked the historic Washington, D.C., meeting place of the U.S. 17 in his home state of Indiana after appearing on the FBI's "Most Wanted" list. In January, CNN revealed an Oath Keepers organizer had been charged with coordinating the riot.As previously reported, Tuesday (April 6) is Schaffer's next court date.

WWE fans can watch WrestleMania on Peacock in the United States and on the WWE Network around the globe.Top 30 Metal Frontmen + Frontwomen in the 21st Century
Source: Ash Costello of New Years Day to Perform Live at WrestleMania 37
Filed Under: Ash Costello, New Years Day, wweCategories: Exclusive, News “Being able to hear that when I’m coming out, it really does put me into the mindset that I’m going into a mosh pit and I’m ready to rock out and beat people up.”Costello and Ripley hung out together back in 2019, chatting with WWE about "Brutality" and being inspired by creative people:Rhea Ripley vs. Asuka will take place on the second night of WrestleMania. The two-day Showcase of the Immortals will be WWE’s first show in front of a live audience since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, with sources reporting that a socially distanced crowd of up to 25,000 fans will be in attendance at Tampa Bay’s outdoor Raymond James Stadium.“I think Ash is absolutely amazing,” Ripley told Loudwire in a 2020 interview. Costello, who provided vocals for Rhea Ripley’s entrance music “Brutality,” will sing Ripley down to the ring before her Mania match for the Raw Women’s Championship.Rhea Ripley will fight current Raw Women’s Champion Asuka for the title this weekend (April 10 + 11) at WrestleMania. Graham HartmannPublished: April 5, 2021Courtesy of WWEShare on FacebookShare on TwitterWWE has confirmed exclusively to Loudwire that Ash Costello of New Years Day will be performing live at this year’s WrestleMania.

For a segment of heavy music that places so much emphasis on emotion, this makes perfect sense — it's a challenging period of life and one that calls for expression as teens ready themselves for adulthood and further define the type of person they want to become.Marvel at 27 albums by total whiz kids below. At The Disco, Paramore, possessed, Sepultura, triviumCategories: News Joe DiVitaPublished: April 5, 2021Fueled By Ramen (2) / Earache Records / King of the Monsters Records / Spinefarm / Lifeforce Records / In At the Deep End/Distort / No Fashion RecordsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterAs a teenager, being proficient in any instrument is a big accomplishment, but being a band of teens (or mostly teens) and putting out your first album is just plain ridiculous — even more so when those albums are landmarks in rock and metal.Imagine recording an album at 16 and years later that album gets certified Gold. Or how about Children of Bodom, whose melodic tandem of guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho and keyboardist Janne Wirman were only 18 when they dropped Something Wild? It's an appropriate title for two kids going bonkers with neoclassical shredding at such an early age, nevermind in an era where lead guitar playing had practically vanished from metal?Of the 27 mostly teenage debut albums we found, a lot of it leaned toward the extreme side, showing that kids with little preconceived notions about how music should be played and structured were capable of inciting a metal revolution.On the other end, there's quite a few scene releases. Oh, and keep in mind, these musicians were even younger when they began recording these albums!27 Bands Who Were (Mostly) Teenagers When Their Debut Album Came Out
Source: 27 Bands Who Were (Mostly) Teenagers When Their Debut Album Came Out
Filed Under: all time low, Amorphis, architects, Bathory, Behemoth, Black Tide, carcass, children of bodom, Darkthrone, destruction, Dismember, Dissection, enslaved, entombed, in flames, job for a cowboy, Katatonia, kreator, Mayhem, miss may i, napalm death, Panic! That's what happened with Paramore's All We Know Is Falling.

It was before Troy joined the band and Reluctant Hero is everybody. I'm, I'm really proud of the final results.Nuclear BlastKiller Be Killed is unique because there are three extremely distinct vocalists in the band. I get to really dive in with the guys and share all the thoughts with them — either riffs or lyrical ideas. That was pretty funny and it was a good analogy of it.Doing lyrics with them was cool and I've learned a lot from that. Killer Be Killed started as just me and Greg and we did a bunch of demos. It doesn't really have much outside stress much. We're not going to be here forever and if you don't enjoy it and get true happiness through it, don't do it.I really try to enjoy as much as I can and I also take it seriously. We were hoping Ben would start singing so we have four vocalists on the next record. In some songs I don't have to do much — sometimes I only have two lines in the song but I'm heavily involved in the riffs. I just knew there's so much potential in here and it's we should take full advantage of the musicianship we have. I wanted everybody to be more involved because half of the first record was just me and Greg. Reluctant Hero is a bigger, broader and more powerful record.Victor YeungMaking the first Killer Be Killed album was unfamiliar territory for all of you. What was the purpose of making it such a surprise?Troy, Greg and Ben and I had been working on this thing for five years very, very quietly. The originality of the vocals is always something that cuts through the records and on Reluctant Hero, I think it's really well divided how we shared the riffs and then who sings on what. What makes the relationship with Greg, Troy, and Ben different from any of your other bands?I was talking about that with Greg and he said it was a bit like we're back at being youngsters like when we were 17, 18, and you just grab a bunch of buddies. Then the second record came and [our mentality was to] beat the first record and I totally believe we did. He's taking vocal lessons right now.It's not just a voice — it's a personality that comes in. I love contributing to the riffs of the record.It's just fun. I always want to make the best thing I can make for whatever it is that's in front of me, but I definitely enjoyed the Killer Be Killed process. It's one of those things that if you put on paper, you'd be like, "Nah, this is not going to work. Get your copy of 'Reluctant Hero' here and follow the band on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify. But there was a lot going on actually [laughs].It was cool because especially in this day and age with the internet you can, if you tell people you're doing something, people can get bored with it. If they knew we were coming with a record then maybe it would have been less surprising or boring, but because nobody knew about it, it was like people didn't even know the band was going anymore. This is a horrible idea." And then we actually did it and we realized that on the first record how awesome it was to hear the voices together because they were so distinct and different and very original.It's just fun for the fan to hear the record. Find out where you can hear Full Metal Jackie's weekend radio show here.The 66 Best Metal Songs of 2020 
Source: Max Cavalera – ‘On Paper’ Killer Be Killed Supergroup Shouldn’t Work
Filed Under: Killer Be Killed, max cavaleraCategories: News How is your creative spirit different when you're making music just for fun?I enjoy all things metal related because I'm just such a nerdy metal freak. Full Metal JackiePublished: April 5, 2021Johnny Perilla, LoudwireShare on FacebookShare on TwitterMax Cavalera was the latest guest on Full Metal Jackie's weekend radio program and discussed Reluctant Hero, the second album by supergroup Killer Be Killed, which also stars Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Troy Sanders (Mastodon) and Ben Koller (Converge).In the interview, he revealed that the band secretly worked on the follow-up to their self-titled 2014 debut. What do you like most about the contrast between you Troy and Greg?I like the idea that it shouldn't work, but it does. You like the same kind of stuff, you hang out and make music with them — that's the kind of the feeling that we get.We even joke say that if we went to school together, we probably would have ended up hanging out too. It was an evolving theme, then we got Troy in and then it evolved into something else.By the time we got there, we started doing the sessions for Reluctant Hero. Sometimes I don't sing through half of the song and when I sing, the song becomes a little heavier and nastier. that was sort of bullshit. The first time we all sang together was a "holy shit" moment. People thought that it was one album and then we're done and then we dropped that song out of the blue and that was cool. I think it worked. It's really divided because all of us bring stuff to the table and it's really fun. We don't really have to write anything [that is] forced [on us] that we don't want to.On the other side, I'm all also big fans of these guys.I love all the works from Mastodon , Dillinger Escape Plan, Greg's solo project and Converge, so I get to play with some of my heroes and they feel similar about that.Killer Be Killed, from the beginning, was always a surprise element. They know who's singing on each bar because the voices are so different. The feeling that we get is very similar to that kind of feeling that I got when I was 17, 18 and it's really fun to be a part of something that's so stress-free. I'm most comfortable when I'm either in the studio or on the stage — those are my sanctuaries.Those are places where I found true happiness.Killer Be Killed is a bit different. At some point I think it might've even been Greg's idea that wouldn't it be cool if we keep this thing as quiet as possible and then out of the blue, we just drop a song. Cavalera admitted he had a tough time keeping such news quiet, but that in doing so it's likely the fanbase felt more eager to hear the record than if they had slowly built anticipation in the months or even years before its release.For someone as prolific as Cavalera, the process of writing and recording has yet to lose its luster as he expressed how much fun it was to create with his three bandmates, all of whom he is a fan of regarding their careers outside of Killer Be Killed.Read the full chat below.The release of the record that was completely unexpected. I love everything about it. The evil plan actually worked.Killer Be Killed, "Deconstructing Self-Destruction"Enjoyment seems to be the purpose of Killer Be Killed. Every project I get involved with — if it's Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, whatever it is — I go full on because you've got to live the moment. In what ways were your roles more defined when making Reluctant Hero?I think we knew each other better in many ways from the experience of making the first record. It's a very crazy process.Thanks to Max Cavalera for the interview. Nobody really knew about it, but we'd been going at it maybe two to three times a year doing jam sessions and accumulating songs. [laughs] I have a big mouth, but I made a deal with the guys.Every time we did an interview, people would ask about it and I'd say there's nothing going on, we'd kill or be killed… It's just a natural way of my voice coming in.When we were making Reluctant Hero, Greg that said that he and Troy put on all the pretty vocals and I just come with a big old tank and run over all the brilliant stuff that they did. It's a bit different from Soulfly or Cavalera Conspiracy — more divided with the guys, and I really enjoy that.Every group has its own unique dynamic. Like a bomb exploding, nobody will be ready for it and I loved that idea.It was really hard for me to keep quiet because I wanted to tell everybody how good the songs are.

In the caption, Jabarin wondered, "who thinks [he] and i should jam in hell together?"Of course, TikTok being TikTok, the fun only compounded from there. Not to mention, Lil Nas seems game to make it official.It all started April 1 when Jabarin, who goes by @RickyJab on TikTok, first played some chunky guitar parts over the song. "So two days ago, Lil Nas X posted the video on his Instagram Story, and yesterday, the drummer Sage Weeber posted a drum cover over my cover. Today, Lil Nas X posted it on his TikTok and Twitter, and then he tagged Corpse Husband to do a collab. So Lil Nas X, let us know if we can work together to make a metal remix."Last week, Lil Nas X called the heavy remix "hard" and said "let's do it" to the idea. So, who knows, maybe all four musicians will collaborate on a studio take of a metal "Montero (Call Me by Your Name)."12 Rappers Inspired by Rock Music
Source: TikTok Rockers Convince Lil Nas X To Do Metal Version of the Rapper’s ‘Montero’
Categories: News But perhaps it's those same things that have moved a couple of rock musicians on TikTok to make a metal version of the tune — and Lil Nas X has responded to the fan remix.That's right, guitarist Ricky Jabarin and drummer Sage Weeber have been virtually collaborating on a heavy rendition of "Montero" to the overall positive reaction of viewers on the popular video-sharing social network. "What if Lil Nas X's 'Montero' was heavy?" the musician asks at the start of the clip. Weeber — lurkers can find him over at @sageyweebs — caught the video proposal about a heavy "Montero" version and, two days later, took the time to add some very rockin' drum parts to Jabarin's metal mix.Combined, the two TikTokers' creativity not only got the ear of Lil Nas X, it also prompted the rapper to suggest another probable collaborator — the mysterious YouTube musician Corpse Husband."Alright, so you're probably wondering if there's going to be a full version of the 'Montero' metal remix," Jabarin offers by way of an update in a Sunday (April 4) vid. Whether that's serious or not, I have no idea — but if it's for real, we would love to be involved. Philip TrappPublished: April 5, 2021Photos: TikTok / MSCHFShare on FacebookShare on TwitterViral rapper Lil Nas X might have recently caused an uproar with his since-pulled "Satan Shoes" and the hellish visuals in the music video for "Montero (Call Me by Your Name)," the "Old Town Road" superstar's latest hit.

"I put the feelers out. But I will not do another record [without the classic lineup]. It would be great if we can pull it all together.' And just think positive. We'll see… All you can do is say, 'Hey, it could be cool. It doesn't make sense. But why not? It doesn't matter — it'll go on forever, just because the band did what it did. I'm proud of our legacy. Me and him are just like brothers — fighting brothers. Blotzer, who had been touring with his own version of Ratt separate from the one headed by Pearcy, Warren DeMartini and Juan Croucier, had his trademark infringement appeal denied in a court ruling in 2018.Since then, he has remained on the outs and guitarist DeMartini later vacated the group that same year.Regarding the reunion, Pearcy told the "Hook Rocks!" podcast (transcription via Blabbermouth), "I just put it out there, 'Hey, what's up?' We dabble in conversation. Like, there's another best-of [collection] coming out, and everybody has to be… we're part of it. There's always business to do. That's all I can do. In October of 2020, the band entered the studio with Jordan Ziff on guitar and Pete Holmes on drums, but nothing has been released from these sessions.Top 30 Hair Metal Albums 
Source: How Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy + Bobby Blotzer Reunited After Legal Battles
Filed Under: ratt, stephen pearcyCategories: News Now, they're one step closer as singer Stephen Pearcy and drummer Bobby Blotzer have reunited after a number of legal battles over the rights to the band name.The two performed together last Friday (April 2) during Pearcy's livestream show from the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles in an apparent end to ongoing issues in court concerning which members could perform under the Ratt name. Or release stuff that we have [that] nobody's heard. And if it doesn't [happen], It's all right. It's no big deal."Before traction was lost on a new record, Pearcy, in late 2019, said he had 15 songs demoed to be used for the next Ratt record. Infestation [the band's 2010 album] was great, but it didn't have Juan. And that's just the way it is. So until we write and do a record, Hell will freeze over. So he said, 'Yeah.' And that's how it came about."The singer again touched on the idea of new Ratt music, sticking to his guns when asserting that it would have to involve the classic lineup. We love to hate each other. But I sat on it for a year and I finally said, 'I'm gonna put it on my solo record.' And that's it," he explained.As for his forthcoming solo album, Pearcy detailed, "A lot of the songs going on the sixth solo record, which I'm gonna go in the studio to start doing, so I can release it this year, [it was] considered for Ratt first. And all of us [from the classic Ratt lineup] still have business together. He said "anything is possible with us" and noted, "we're not the most dysfunctional band in the world.""I hope it happens," he continued. If we were gonna do it again, which we've had offers to do records, I'd say no — unless it's the original guys, I won't do it.'"Pearcy, who will turn 65 in July, has released several solo records, the most recent being 2018's View To a Thrill, and acknowledged that whenever he writes music for his solo efforts, his intention is to first present the ideas as potential Ratt songs."The last song I wrote and put out there, that was written for Ratt. And that's about it. Joe DiVitaPublished: April 5, 2021Ethan Miller, Getty Images (2)Share on FacebookShare on TwitterIf Ratt are ever going to make a new album, it has to feature all of the surviving members of the classic lineup. And if there's new music on the release, we're gonna do that."There was little fuss made over the two getting back together to perform as Pearcy continued, "So I just asked him, and he said, 'Sure.' And then we talked about a bunch of things.

He also played an audio clip of music he'd been working on during a Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp Masterclass.Dave Mustaine Offers a Recording Update on Gimme Radio's The Dave Mustaine Show2021's Most Anticipated Rock + Metal Albums
Source: Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine – ‘One Song Left to Sing,’ Then ‘Ear Candy’ to Wrap New Album
Filed Under: dave mustaine, MegadethCategories: News While speaking on his Gimme Radio show, Dave Mustaine revealed that he has one song left to sing and teased that they'll finish recording with some guitar tracks and solo and "some ear candy to wrap that all up."The singer-guitarist said in a recording update, "Thankfully, my partner is coming back out to Nashville, and we're gonna be commencing on some guitar tracks and solos and some ear candy to wrap all that up. When you're thinking about AC/DC, you don't usually think about percussion."The band members have dropped a few nuggets about the album throughout the recording process. In February, Mustaine revealed that the lyrics were done for the record and teased that there will be a cover song on the upcoming release, adding that he was "pretty stoked" about the choice.In early January, the singer-guitarist also revealed that the album had the working title of The Sick, The Dying and the Dead, though he admitted that it could change. We've got probably about another… I've got one song left to sing, and then another song I've got one sentence that I've gotta finish. Other than that, all the vocals are done on this record, and it'll be time to focus now on background vocals and the remaining stuff with solos and, as we say."Elaborating on the "ear candy" part of the update, Mustaine added, "I know I've said it so many times — 'ear candy.' For you guys that don't know what that is, it's just what it sounds like — it's sticky, sappy, syrupy crap people put on records that help to — I don't know — make the song sound better. Chad ChildersPublished: April 4, 2021Kevin Winter, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterMegadeth are hitting the home stretch in recording their follow-up to 2016'a Dystopia album.

Co-director Joe Berlinger has now said on the 'Greatest Music of All Time' podcast that this was a scene the group did not want to include in the film.After auditioning multiple bassists for the spot vacated by Jason Newsted, Metallica elected to offer Trujillo the job at a roundtable meeting. "Lars just kind of looks at me, pats me on the back and just kind of shakes his head. And I'm good with that."Berlinger also maintained absolute integrity behind the scenes depicted in Some Kind of Monster that there is nothing shown that the directors did not want to include and nothing was cut from the flick under Metallica's discretion. "‘You can’t tell our fans that we paid Rob Trujillo a million bucks. [You] can’t show Lars auctioning off his art. The management looked a little nervous," he continued.Naturally, a meeting came next as everyone drove 30 minutes to Metallica's HQ."And sure enough, we sat around the table for hours," Berlinger went on. We can't show this. "It is truly our film," he said, "And that was a magic moment of just going full circle and James realizing … 'Let's put it out there.'"Watch the complete interview below.Joe Berlinger Talks Some Kind of MonsterAll Metallica Songs Ranked 
Source: Metallica Didn’t Want to Show Rob Trujillo’s $1 Million Deal in ‘Some Kind of Monster’
Filed Under: Metallica, Rob trujilloCategories: News We can't do this.' And the whole film was just crumbling before our eyes."The co-director described Ulrich as "pretty chill" about the film and Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield began to change their mind after Berlinger and Sinofsky lobbied to keep things as they were and defended their choices.The real turning point came when Hetfield, who openly battled alcoholism and anger issues in the film, acknowledged, per Berlinger, "'Look, it's painful to watch. But you guys did exactly what you said you would do. Joe DiVitaPublished: April 3, 2021KEVIN RC WILSONShare on FacebookShare on TwitterIn Metallica's 2004 documentary, Some Kind of Monster, the band offers Rob Trujillo the open bass spot, which instantly came with $1 million up front for signing on. He and drummer Lars Ulrich had been out all night drinking, as he'd later attest, which explains his somewhat dissociated nature when being told he was about to receive $1 million just for accepting the position.He also just received a life-changing lump sum of money, so perhaps his reaction can be attributed to both being hungover and in a state of shock.Other scenes in the movie are raw and challenging, showcasing a band in utter turmoil, guided by therapist Phil Towle, who was tasked with getting Metallica's members on track as they worked through personal and professional issues.During the podcast (audio below), Berlinger explained that he and co-director Bruce Sinofsky were afforded creative freedom in the final product after collecting countless hours of footage, though Metallica had some apprehensions as to what would ultimately revealed to the fans worldwide.“It's a three-hours-plus screening. And it wasn’t feeling good," Berlinger recalled. It’s an honest, raw, truthful portrait of what we went through.'"Instead, the frontman realized the band only had two choices and said, "I'm not sure I ever want to look at it again, but we either treat this movie like [the shelved 1972 Rolling Stones documentary] Cocksucker Blues and lock it away in the drawer and nobody gets to see it, or we let these guys make the film they want to. They’re not gonna understand. … Let them make the film they wanna make. James just kind of looks at me – like, this stare – and walks out. [There’s] literally not a peep through the whole screening – not a laugh, not a moment of recognition, just total silence.

Their Las Vegas residency alongside Queensryche, originally set for 2020, has now been pushed to 2022, and those dates can be seen here.42 Dugg + Roddy Ricch, "4 Da Gang" Feat. A heavy bass beat counts in and the sample vanishes, reappearing for a blip at the very end of the 2-and-a-half-minute song.A music video for the 42 Dugg and Roddy Ricch song is expected to arrive sometime in the near future. There's an audio filter laid over the refrain, which gives off the vibe that the rappers have the song on in the background as they then kick off their own music with a few lyrical lines. Scorpions "No One Like You" Sample12 Rappers Inspired by Rock Music 
Source: Scorpions’ ‘No One Like You’ Sampled in New Rap Song ‘4 Da Gang’ by 42 Dugg + Roddy Ricch
Filed Under: scorpionsCategories: News Joe DiVitaPublished: April 2, 2021Prince Williams, WireImage/Getty Images / KEVIN RC WILSON, LoudwireShare on FacebookShare on TwitterThe Scorpions hit song "No One Like You" has been sampled in "4 Da Gang," the newest song by rappers 42 Dugg and Roddy Ricch.The Blackout album track, which was released in 1982, is used at the beginning of "4 Da Gang," starting at the "No One Like You" chorus. As XXL reported, gunfire opened up during the video shoot in Atlanta, Georgia, in late February and neither artist was injured during the event.Listen to "4 Da Gang" further down the page.As the world continues to reel from the impact of the devastating coronavirus pandemic, it is uncertain when fans will get new music from the Scorpions. The group has long been at work at what will be their 19th studio album and released one new song, "Sign of Hope," in April of last year.

Loudwire StaffPublished: April 2, 2021Gary Wolstenholme, Redferns / Mondadori Portfolio, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterThough the body is temporary, the work of these rock and metal creatives may last forever. Like Rhoads and Van Halen, Alexi will forever reign as one of music's greatest and most innovative guitarists, while his work with Children of Bodom will undoubtedly continue to inspire players for generations.Along with rock and metal musicians, some of the industry's finest individuals left us in 2021, including Marsha Zazula, who helped usher in the '80s thrash tsunami as the co-founder of Megaforce Records. After one of the saddest years in recent memory, we pay tribute to the essential minds we've lost so far in 2021.Though Children of Bodom's Alexi Laiho died in late 2020, it was January 2021 when the world learned it had lost the legend. 2021 also saw the loss of one of metal's great journalists in Metal Edge editor Gerri Miller.See the Rockers We've Lost in 2021 in the gallery below. May they rest in peace as their memories continue to spark our creative spirit.Rockers We've Lost in 2021Rockers We've Lost in 2020
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Filed Under: Alexi Laiho, LG PetrovCategories: News One of the last true guitar heroes, Laiho's passing mirrored perhaps neoclassical metal's greatest loss in Randy Rhoads, along with the 2020 death of shred god Eddie Van Halen.

The heavy Hopeless Records outfit returns this week with "Burn It Down," a powerful new tune that takes its fiery rage from deep within the heart of the COVID-19 crisis.And that fury is illustrated with actual fire in the video that accompanies the track. In "Burn It Down," frustration and resolve forge a promise the band uses as a sonic beacon to reach listeners. In the clip, the band — vocalist Tyler Levenson, guitarist Andrew McGuire, drummer Luke Walkinshaw and bassist Tristan Edwards — perform the song amid some dazzling pyrotechnics.Watch the video down toward the bottom of this post.Levenson explains that "Burn It Down" was written when the band was "many months into the global pandemic, which personally resulted in a lot of anger and frustration with how things were being handled in not only our country but around the world."The reality for the musician and his bandmates meant that "writing and recording music in a time where there is this looming sense of fear and uncertainty put me in a place where I've never been before mentally. At that point, the single was the first new stuff from the group since their 2019 debut Breaking Point, an album that drew kind comparisons to big nu-metal names such as Linkin Park and Slipknot.But Levenson and his crew have come a long way — each successive release is a creative step forward. And at that time, I felt very hopeless and as if my 'world' was on fire. Undoubtedly, Afterlife aren't the only ones who want a change."I'm sure many others feel the same exact way as we do," Levenson adds."Burn It Down" is now available to download and stream.Afterlife, "Burn It Down"2021's Most Anticipated Rock + Metal Albums
Source: Afterlife ‘Burn It Down’ in the Metalcore Band’s Fiery New Song + Music Video
Filed Under: AfterLifeCategories: News Philip TrappUpdated: April 2, 2021Ana MassardShare on FacebookShare on TwitterIt might seem like Florida metalcore act Afterlife have been a bit quiet during the pandemic, but that's about to change. So I wanted the song to feel very empowering and anthemic in tone to counter how I was feeling, which resulted in the lyrics, 'You bring the match / I'll bring the gas / Together we'll burn it / And live among the ash' and 'When push comes to shove / You gave us no choice,' to really visualize that we've had enough and it's time for change."Before that, Afterlife released the song "Wasting Time" in 2020.

“We had a good chemistry and we had fun in and outside the stage or rehearsal room. He seemed to be very happy and very excited about the future,” Freyberg says. I hope you can hear it in the record.”“Unfortunately, Bodom After Midnight as an active band is pretty much going to be buried with Alexi,” Freyberg adds. “We don’t really feel comfortable using the name Bodom without Alexi, because it’s so connected to him … I’ve definitely got something to look forward to and I’m going to continue in the music industry, hopefully for a long time.”The Last Time I Saw Alexi LaihoWatch our full interview with Daniel Freyberg above and click here to pre-order Bodom After Midnight’s new EP, which will be released April 23.The Most Performed Songs by 50 of Metal’s Biggest Bands
Source: Alexi Laiho Was ‘Very Happy + Excited About the Future,’ Says Bodom After Midnight Guitarist
Filed Under: Alexi Laiho, Bodom After Midnight, children of bodomCategories: Exclusive, News “I’m really happy that the songs he wrote and recorded are going to be released. He couldn’t wait to get those out.”As for the three-song Bodom After Midnight EP — Alexi’s first collection of songs since parting ways with Children of Bodom in 2019 — Freyberg says fans will hear Alexi at his very best. Graham HartmannPublished: April 2, 2021Terhi YlimäinenShare on FacebookShare on TwitterThe death of Alexi Laiho plunged the metal world into mourning in early 2021, and with the upcoming release of Bodom After Midnight’s debut EP, Laiho left us with some of the best songs of his career. “That was a good last chat with him. In an exclusive interview with Bodom After Midnight guitarist Daniel Freyberg, he tells us about Alexi’s final recordings and the last time he saw the Children of Bodom legend.Freyberg's final meeting with Laiho was at the filming of the “Paint the Sky With Blood” music video, less than two weeks before Laiho’s death in December 2020.

"It's not just gonna be Lynch Mob-centric. George Lynch and the New West. I do like that. Steve is Mick's brother.57 Rock + Metal Bands Who Changed Their Name Before Getting Famous
Source: George Lynch Tips Potential New Name for Touring Band
Filed Under: george lynch, Lynch MobCategories: News He called it "inexcusable" to continue under the moniker. I can play anything. I think this would be a good place to exit the stage.' We've created this bookend — answer to the first record," said Lynch at the time.Now Lynch has spoken with Aftershocks TV, sharing what is a potential name for his touring band when he gets a chance to play live again."I'll always have my touring entity. Chad ChildersPublished: April 2, 2021Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.comShare on FacebookShare on TwitterLast year, George Lynch announced his intent to retire the Lynch Mob name that he'd used for his band since branching out from his early days in Dokken. That was a cool-ass name.' And I'm, like, 'You know what? Now it appears as though Lynch potentially has a new name ready for when he returns to the road.The decision was announced by the guitarist last August during a period of heightened awareness over the history of the name Lynch Mob and feeling that while it had always been "problematic," the time for a change had come. Yeah. I can change it up every night."Lynch also recently spoke about the possibility of doing more with his onetime band Dokken, revealing that he and Don Dokken are now seeing eye-to-eye on a reunion of the classic lineup.He told Misplaced Straws, "I've actually been talking to Don a little bit, and we're both in agreement that [more reunion shows] should probably happen — meaning some kind of a meaningful reunion done in the right way, carefully and with proper preparation and time and rehearsals and not just throwing it out there like we did last time." Lynch also suggested Steve Brown, who plays with Lynch and Jeff Pilson in their group The End Machine, as "the obvious choice" to fill the void of retired Dokken drummer "Wild" Mick Brown should the reunion shows take place. "The New West is a name I've had kicking around since freakin' the '80s, and I told some of my friends about it. I just kind of woke up and said, 'You know, I think with this record, this is our swan song. He goes, 'What about the New West? It won't be Lynch Mob. "That way, it'll give me the freedom to play a wider variety of stuff," says Lynch. Lynch had also reworked his band's early Wicked Sensation album for a fresh release which also provided a full circle moment that he could use as a jumping off point for a fresh start."With everything going on right now in the world, it was really sort of an epiphany moment. That's what I've been putting out there with my agent."The guitarist adds that there are other benefits to a fresh name as well. And recently I [have been] kind of searching for a new name for a touring entity, and one friend brought that up. Why not?' So I think that might be what I'll use. I mean, I'll probably play some of that, and Dokken, but also all kinds of other stuff. I'm thinking of calling it George Lynch and the New West," says the guitarist.

"Indestructible"08. "Best Time"04. "Skyfall" is the second track to be released in the reunion era, coming four years after the German power metal pioneers tested the songwriting waters with the "Pumpkins United" single.The triple vocal assault is pure bliss, Hansen, Kiske and Deris all working together in triumphant harmony that gives Helloween a sound that simply could not have existed without egos being cast aside to celebrate the enduring legacy as oneWatch the video for "Skyfall" below (lyrics via Genius) and pre-order your copy of Helloween, the band's first album since 2015's My God-Given Right, here."It is the incomprehensible encounter of seven musicians who are working as friends and even family and created something that no one would have thought it could be possible. "Cyanide"10. "Down in the Dumps"11. "Robot King"09. Joe DiVitaPublished: April 2, 2021Foto Fábio AugustoShare on FacebookShare on TwitterHelloween have released an epic music video for "Skyfall," the first single off their historic three-singer reunion album, Helloween, which will come out on June 18.The release arrives as a seven-and-a-half-minute edit of the full 12-minute song that was penned solely by Kai Hansen, the co-founding Helloween guitarist and singer who left the band in 1988 and made his return in 2017, alongside classic singer Michael Kiske. I think everyone can hear it on this album. "Orbit"12. "Angels"06. I love it."Helloween, "Skyfall" Lyrics[Intro]I fell from the skySo don't ask me why I'm feeling so down[Verse 1]Watching the stars falling down from the sky in the nightCrashing from out of the heavens, they're burning so brightDescend through the atmosphere, glowing with fiery lightDragging a tail of white sparkles, and oh, what a sight[Pre-Chorus 1]Oh, where did I go, how could I knowDefies all reason now[Chorus]I fell from the skySo don't ask me why I'm feeling so downAttacked, shot down and wreckedThere's no turning back to find my way home[Verse 2]Hey, little alien, little greyWhere's the place your people stay?Have you found a place beyondWhere eternity moves on?Let me detach youHelp me find what goes on in your captors mindFor eternity awaitsOn the brink of our escape[Verse 3]We're twisting, we're turning, we're running, we're burningOut on the run through the mazeOn through the madness, no time for sadnessAnd no one can show us the wayThrough Hangar 18, the tension now grows, we're getting so closeEnter the ship, start the engine and open the gates of Hangar 18Onwards to the sky, the stars are bright, they'll shine foreverOn and on we fly so far away[Pre-Chorus 2]Hey, little alien, what have they done to you?Are there survivors here or have they all just disappeared?[Chorus]I fell from the skySo don't ask me why I'm feeling so downAttacked, shot down and wreckedThere's no turning back to find my way home[Verse 4]The dark, the fear of the nightAnd the pain settles down deep withinComing home to a place still unknownAnd the hope as I dream is undying[Outro]When the sky falls and the world you know comes crashing downWhen the sky falls and everything is changingChanges came across the sky, welcome to the other sideAnd everything is changing when the sky falls, when the sky fallsHelloween, "Skyfall" Music VideoHelloween, Helloween Album Art + Track ListingNuclear Blast01. "Mass Pollution"05. The collaboration of different songwriters and strong characters made the album very special: a unique mix with reminiscences from all chapters of the band’s history. Helloween is a big part of my life and I am looking forward to celebrating the songs live for and with our fans!"Bassist Markus Grosskopf, the other mainstay since 1983, offered, "For me, being one of the last ‘survivors‘ who played every note from the beginning, it was a fantastic experience and a very emotional process. It is like awaking from a sleep but still being in an incredible dream," said mainstay guitarist Michael Weikath of the record."Being in the studio with my old companions after 30 years was very emotional for me," admitted Hansen, "But at the same time it was a completely different experience with the 'new' boys. "Fear of the Fallen"03. "Skyfall"Top 25 Power Metal Albums of All Time 
Source: Helloween’s Massive Reunion Song ‘Skyfall’ Is Ridiculously Epic
Filed Under: helloweenCategories: News "Out for the Glory"02. "Rise Without Chains"07. The video description reads, "The epic track describes an alien landing on earth and a dramatic chase while Michael Kiske, Andi Deris and Kai Hansen duel each other in a breathtaking manner and create a vocal broadband adventure."For Helloween fans of any era, this is momentous occasion that sets expectations for the forthcoming 12-song set remarkably high.

Seemingly on the idea of still being 'the new guy,' he rhetorically asked, "I'm not the original guy, but after nine years, 10 years, 15 years, or the guy's been in [the band] almost 20 years, am I in the fucking band?"Todd La Torre With Darren Paltrowitz”The 
Source: Todd La Torre Doubts Classic Queensryche Reunion – ‘What’s the Point?’
Filed Under: queensryche, Todd La TorreCategories: News We saw for 15 years what it sounded like. Joe DiVitaPublished: April 2, 2021Jason Mannello, jasonvmannello.comShare on FacebookShare on TwitterTodd La Torre joined Queensryche as the replacement for Geoff Tate in 2012 and after nearly a decade in the band, he has cast doubt on the likelihood the band will ever reunite with their classic members, wondering aloud, "What's the point?"The group's acrimonious split with Tate was well-documented and Queensryche have since released three full length albums with La Torre up front, the last of which, 2019's The Verdict, also featured the singer pulling double duty as the studio drummer.La Torre, who dropped his debut solo album, Rejoice in the Suffering, earlier this year, was a recent guest on the "Platrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast and discussed how well he's been embraced by the Queensryche fanbase as Tate's successor."It's funny. reason why we do it," he reiterated.Appreciative of the reception he has received since joining the band, La Torre noted that not all bands can successfully replace an iconic singer and likened it to "catching lightning in a bottle" and that even if the replacement is a great singer, there needs to be an "X factor" in order for it to work out in the long term."I feel fortunate that I think the majority of people, if they put their biases aside, go, 'You know, this sounds pretty legit,' and they feel like they have their band back," said the Queensryche frontman, who also expressed joy that he was not just a replacement for one album. I always hear, 'There'll definitely be an all-original lineup reunion. What's the point? "I'm not gonna make some B.S. And I think when I came in, I said, 'Hey, let's play in standard tuning. Every band does it.' And I'm thinking, if you knew what I know, I don't think that's gonna happen," commented La Torre (transcribed by Blabbermouth) on the reunion notion.He continued, "And other than the optics of it, why? La Torre also confirmed a fourth album with him as the band's singer was in the works and that the band is under contract for two additional albums in all, bringing his era to five records before that contract expires.La Torre also took note that eventually he will have been in the band longer than original guitarist Chris DeGarmo, who co-founded the group in 1982 and left in 1997, rejoining in 2003 before exiting again that same year. I have homework to do. If I'm struggling, let me work on coming up to you instead of you coming down to me.'"It was also acknowledged that if La Torre is unable to sing in the original tuning the songs were written in, Queensryche will downtune and he "will do it gracefully, but I'm not going to bullshit my way about it" if he can't sing as high as the song demands anymore.